Professional Development: Project Planning, An Online Course

Need to learn project planning skills for your job? Want to brush up on best practices for this? Then you might be interested in this free web-based course!

Your project planning can be thought of as a series of specific steps that will help your projects run smoothly and effectively. You don’t have to be a project management expert to successfully plan a project. Your plan can be designed to provide a solid foundation for your project and can help you make and communicate important decisions.

This course should take about 1.5 hours to complete. It includes interactive questions and quizzes. The instructor, Marguerite Langlois, is with the Professional and Organizational Development Group at the University of Washington.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

* Describe the basic steps needed for successful project planning.
* Create a clear project definition, including specific goals.
* Design an effective and practical project timeline.
* Identify roles and plan communication with people involved in a project.
* Plan for needed resources and budget.
* Identify possible problems with a project and ways you can deal with them.
* Plan to use tracking, effective problem-solving, and ongoing communication during the implementation phase to bring a project to a successful conclusion.

Intended Audience

– Public health professionals interested in learning or reviewing the fundamentals of project planning
– Public health students and new employees
– Professionals in other fields with an interest in effective project planning

This training is offered by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, the outreach arm of the University of Washington School of Public Health.

You’ll find more information including how to register on the NWCPHP web site.